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Le Laurent, Paris

41 Avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris, France
Le Laurent Review
5 Star Rating
6 January 2015Le Laurent
Tags: Paris, France, Fine Dining reviewsThe Bill: £98 per head

Le Laurent in Paris is a Parisian institution. It's located in a gorgeous setting, within the affluent area of Paris and just a moment away from the Champs Elysées. The restaurant was beautifully laid out, and there are some tables with wonderful views looking out at the Eiffel Tower.

We dined in one of their booth style tables, which gave our evening an added air of romance and privacy. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable with their menu, making sure we had a pleasurable experience. The food was divine, offering a blend of contemporary and classic dishes with an emphasis on flavour, over being too experimental. We enjoyed a fabulous tasting menu as follows:

The menu opens with Spider Crab with its Juice, in Jelly and Fennel Cream. Paired with a glass of Pinot Blanc Alsace, 2013, Donmanie Weinbach. A wine with a strong Apple flavour and a sprinkling of Spice. A delightful combination, the crab was superb and very flavoursome being served with its own juice.

The second course was "Fricassee" of Winter Vegetables with Parmesan Cheese. Served with a glass of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Blanc. A dry white wine with a smooth delivery, very easy on the palette and enjoyable.

“Le Laurent is a perfectly charming Parisian dining experience.”

The third course was Truffled and Grilled Scallops, with Cream and Cauliflower Crisps, paired with Chablis "Montee de Tomerre". A great seafood pairing with a strong white peach flavour. I really enjoy scallops, and these were absolutely delicious.

Next we had Loin and Saddle of Baby Lamb from "Pyrenees", with Spicy Eggplant "confit", another strong flavoured and well-presented dish. Paired with a glass of Chateau Haut Narbuzet "St Estephe", 2010, a supple wine with beautiful grape maturity and a nice spicy aftertaste. The baby lamb was incredibly tender and juicy, a magnificent dish.

We moved on to a selection of French cheeses. The cheeses were served on an impressive cheese trolley, with each having an introduction explaining their taste. There were a vast selection, with cheese being procured from all over France. It certainly something to experience in person, it was fun sampling so many different diverse flavours.

Finally we were served Banana and Pecan Nuts Hot Souffle, along with Domaine Cauhape Noblesse du Temps, Jurancon, France, 2011. A delicious wine with strong flavours of fruit, honey and spices.

Le Laurent is a perfectly charming Parisian dining experience. The food is divine, and it’s an enjoyable experience. I will be returning in the future I’m sure.

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